Goldbrener is back from Israel with tales of the Holy Land, leading the boys to dedicate the entire episode to his impressions of the Zionist homeland in 2018. What he saw (young people at clubs, no visible military presence) may surprise you, so let Rosen act as your clueless avatar, peppering his podcast partner with questions ranging from clueless to slightly-less-clueless.
But your Middle East-challenged host has other things on his mind this week, namely:
…what makes anti-semitism different from racism?
Rosen has been reading Marx and listening to John Roderick and Ken Jennings on The Omnibus and has come away with plenty of ideas about the nature of anti-semitism, capitalism and the origins of the world’s attitude toward The Chosen People. Join in and welcome back to the Twilight Lounge!
Don’t let this week’s cheery opening fool you: these are difficult times for The Jews. We got almost completely shut out of the Oscars, Zionists are being run out of Hollywood and Yeshiva U. got bounced in the first round of the D3 Big Dance. The good news is that Rosen avoided buying Dad Jeans and Jews are in space, but from the U.K. comes more bad news:
…is an English sports commission equating the Star of David with a swastika good for the Jews?
Casual anti-semitism is so common in England that it’s not even considered anti-semitism anymore, and of course this isn’t good for the Jews. Stick around, though, as the boys drag Screwy Louie Farrakhan into the mix and Goldbrener suggests that despite the stylish Patagonia jacket, the Emperor is wearing no clothes.
Goldbrener explains the difference between anti- and pro-biotics, shedding light on Rosen’s recent illness, then the boys settle into a series of diatribes aimed at their favorite targets: politics and San Francisco. Meanwhile, a recent survey shows that 41 percent of Bay Area Jews aren’t “really” Jews; however, Yeshiva U. is going to the big dance and Amar’e Stoudamire has a new Kosher wine but…
…is chess good for the Jews?
At the risk of firing off takes so hot they singe what’s left of the hair on your head, the answer is “no.” Rosen challenges Goldbrener to convince him otherwise, but all he can do is recall the madness of Bobby Fischer and feign a slight interest in speed chess played by homeless guys in the park.